Mixed response as mural ‘tribute’ unveiled in Batemans Bay
Community
Batemans Bay's latest mural was designed to pay tribute to Indigenous leaders on a local, national and intergenerational scale but it's inadvertently provoked controversy, with some community members questioning the inclusion of journalist and author Stan Grant. The project was a collaboration between the Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber and local businesses, with consultation and advice from well-known local...
Spectrum Theatre’s upcoming musical, The Little Mermaid, will delight audiences in Bega Valley
Arts & Culture
More than a year after Spectrum Theatre's production of The Little Mermaid was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is back on and ready to delight Bega Valley audiences. The musical tells the story made famous by Disney and includes both familiar songs as well as some new ones, which director Amber Little says are very catchy and will...
Police and paramedics wanted as extras for television commercial near Goulburn
Arts & Culture
Producers are searching for current or former police officers and paramedics living in Canberra, Yass or Goulburn to act as real-life extras in the background of an advert for an unnamed Australian insurance company. A McGregor Casting spokesperson said the director typically works on documentaries and enjoys working with 'real people'. READ ALSO: Cowra group comes to the rescue of...
Goulburn Performing Arts Centre invites Moscow Ballet, Sydney Orchestra and Guy Sebastian to perform
Arts & Culture
The Moscow Ballet, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and singer Guy Sebastian could soon be performing live in Goulburn. These are just some of the names rattled off by Raina Savage, who is in charge of creating an exciting program of theatre, dance, music, circus, comedy and children's shows for when the $18.95 million, 400-seat Goulburn Performing Arts Centre opens in November 2021....
HeadLand Writers Festival brings stories and poetry to South Coast
What's On
Locally and nationally renowned writers will converge on the NSW South Coast this month for a weekend of talks, workshops and entertainment. The first HeadLand Writers Festival will be held in Tathra from 14-16 May, and tickets are already selling fast. The event's creative director, Myoung Jae Yi, said the idea for the festival was born from how the Far...
Riverina author’s return home results in release of new novel
Arts & Culture
Catherine Edwards, Margaret Ryan and Peter Cox are three Riverina teachers who can take a huge bow as one of their former students publishes her seventh title. Gabrielle Tozer, an award-winning, internationally published author of three young adult novels, has recently released her fourth young adult literary work, Can’t Say it Went to Plan. Born and bred in Wagga Wagga, Gabrielle...
Time to get creative for Sapphire Coast ART MONTH
Arts & Culture
As festivals and large-scale events begin to wake up from last year's hibernation, ART MONTH Sapphire Coast is preparing for a big return. Ahead of the extravaganza, which is to be held in August, Bega Valley Regional Gallery is asking performers and creatives to discuss their ideas now. Expressions of interests can come from local artists, performers, dancers and musicians....
The Sandman creates art to heal from tragedy
Arts & Culture
Like the mythical character said to sprinkle sand in children's eyes, Troy Purple's sand artworks and scribes can seem like something from a dream. So much so that "The Sandman" has been accused of them being fake or photoshopped in the past. But the Far South Coast man's artworks are most definitely real and they are all created in less...
Musos can now study a degree at Goulburn’s Hume Conservatorium
Arts & Culture
For people living in regional areas, often the decision to attend university means leaving home. However, that is no longer the case for music students living in or near Goulburn. In a groundbreaking initiative, the city's Hume Conservatorium (HumeCon) has negotiated a teaching partnership with the University of New England (UNE). This will allow music students living in the Southern...
The best of international film heads to Young for a three-day festival
What's On
Young will be rolling out the red carpet in late July when Hollywood comes to town for a weekend in the form of the Sydney Film Festival’s Travelling Film Festival (TFF). Young is just one of eight regional NSW towns – and the only town in the southern part of the state – selected to host the festival, in which a handful of...
Former hospital Rusten House reborn as new arts centre for Queanbeyan
Arts & Culture
An integral piece of Queanbeyan's history, Rusten House, which was once the town's hospital, has been painstakingly restored and rebirthed as an arts centre that will showcase the region's array of talented artists. Rusten House began life as Queanbeyan's hospital in 1862 and was officially reopened on Thursday, 22 April, by NSW Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro, and...
‘Pragmatic Idealists’ presents professional development for artists in southeast NSW
Arts & Culture
Making art is one thing, but getting your career as an artist up and running is another ball game. Southeast NSW has a healthy and growing arts sector and now a new venture aims to provide professional development services often only found in metropolitan areas. The newly formed Inlets – Regional Arts Services has partnered with South East Arts to present...
Christine Bentley: theatre star and mother of many roles
Arts & Culture
From the hilarity of Calendar Girls to Goulburn’s historic and unique connection to Miles Franklin, Christine Bentley has played numerous stage characters. Most recently, the Lieder Theatre star played Mrs Abell, the mother of the protagonist in The Interesting Mrs Abell, which ran in Goulburn from 16-24 April. The daughter of a barrister, Christine grew up in the Sydney suburb of...
Seat sale boosts funds as Merimbula Theatre aims for July opening
Arts & Culture
People are invited to link themselves or a loved one to the new theatre beside Merimbula's Twyford Hall before it opens later this year. After 12 months of construction, The Twyford is awakening to reveal its new theatre and foyer as well as modifications to the heritage-listed hall. In order to support the works a buy-a-seat campaign has been running...
‘A town hall on wheels’: Sam’s Caravan is a stage that can roll up anywhere
Community
Described as a labour of love, Sam's Caravan was an idea born in the COVID-19 shutdown to turn a vintage caravan into a mobile venue and studio. The dream of musician Sam Martin, known in the South East region as a vivacious entertainer and community arts producer, the caravan is now ready to hit the road after supportive locals pitched in and...
Kennedy collection selection a history-making exhibition
What's On
There are many beautiful objects in newsman Trevor Kennedy's eclectic and vast collection, but it's their connection to Australian history and the Australian story that stirs his passion for them. "I've got this weird view that everything historical about Australia is beautiful," he says. "You can make up your own mind about whether or not it's beautiful." When he started...
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